When purchasing windows for your restoration or new construction project, you naturally want to choose the best windows for your project and budget. ponder the number of
choices, consider these facts:
- Windows can
impact the interior and exterior character of your
Champaign area home.
- The type of
windows you select can make a positive
difference in your overall level of comfort and energy
- The construction of your windows can have a positive cost
impact on the overall value of your Champaign area
house if or when you decide to sell.
If you take the time to investigate the style and function options available, you will be delighted with your purchase and enjoy the pleasure of looking through your new windows for decades.
What factors should you think about when purchasing replacement windows for your Champaign home?
- What do they look
Remember that you’re going to look through your replacement
windows most often from in the home, not
outside of it. Picture things in your mind from inside and study the view
carefully; is the color, style and type of window suitable with your home’s interior? Can you reach the window in
order to clean it or utilize potential accessories? Can light flow
into the home? And don’t forget to stand
outside from many viewing positions to evaluate if the style of replacement window you are considering fits
with the overall façade of your Champaign
- How much expected energy savings can I expect with these
windows? Learn the data
relating to your windows that relate to their energy
Among the issues to consider are U-values and
Low-E insulating glass with argon windows,
and weatherstripping. For instance, U-values grade
the insulating value of windows. The best windows have low U-values to help keep out extreme temperatures. Compare ratings of efficiency before
you purchase a window to help lower heating and cooling spending and maximize your investment.
- Is it
convenient to operate the windows? Just like purchasing your
vehicle, it is important to try
out the functionally of your choice of
window before you settle on one.
Is it easy to open and close the
window? How much
effort does it take to clean the window? Does the window
hardware (or the crank handle) fold away in order to leave window coverings undisturbed? If the window will be a means of exit
in case of fire, confirm that it opens easily and provides an adequately-sized opening.
- How will you install the windows? Installation
of your windows is either added
into the overall purchase price or involves
a third-party contractor. If you are using the
services of contractor, it may be smart to
inquire about installation price and included services prior to ordering your
- Is it easy to clean and maintain your new
windows? The weather in the Champaign area varies often. Wind, rain, sun and snow can have
a negative impact on the appearance of the glass, especially on low quality
windows. Consider low-maintenance options like aluminum cladding or in-between-the-glass grilles in order for you to easily clean your windows
and allow them to look great for many years to come.
- What is available in terms of color and hardware options? The
color you select can reflect your style and adds
to the overall appeal of your Champaign home. Some manufacturers offer few exterior color options. Determine what restrictions are in place for the windows
you may purchase. Also, there
are plenty of option to coordinate window hardware with other hardware
options in your home, such as faucets, door knobs, hinges, and
- What is the price? The old saying “you get what you pay
for” is especially true when it comes to purchasing quality windows. The least expensive windows may not be your best buy.
Windows are an investment in your property. The type of window you
select should be based more on performance than on price.
We invite you to visit Pella at the Champaign area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 217-356-6474.